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Member Alert: Say No to Clean Water Act Change

2014-07-16 14:36:54

The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) is urging borough officials to oppose a proposed rule change from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps’ of Engineers that would clarify what waters are – and what waters are not – protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
 
Why is this change bad for boroughs? The rule change would give the federal government greater authority over public and private waters and land. For local governments, these changes could stop, delay or increase the cost of public projects and make managing public infrastructure more difficult.
 
While PSAB understands that stormwater runoff has a significant impact on the environment, it is another unfunded mandate facing local governments. It could also expand regulation of routine farming practices and impact Pennsylvania’s number one industry.
 
We need you to act now.
 
Participate in the EPA’s public comment period, which ends October 20. Comments may be emailed to ow-docket@epa.gov or mailed to Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-2011-0880. The proposed change is available here.
 
Contact Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and your congressmen. You can access their contact information here.
 
You borough or County Boroughs Association (CBA) can adopt a resolution opposing the proposed change. Submit the resolution to your senators and congressmen and send a copy to PSAB. A sample resolution is available here.